University of California, Riverside

UCR Botanic Gardens

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 Bequests, Gifts and Memorials || Employment Opportunities || Volunteering || Garden Goods

memorial benchBequests, Gifts and Memorials

While the University provides most of the funds to run the Botanic Gardens, it cannot support it totally. The advancement, improvement, and success of the Botanic Gardens depend upon the generous support of the community and Friends. The Gardens will gratefully accept gifts at any time. You might also consider investing in the future of the Gardens by remembering it in your will. Bequests may be for an unrestricted or a specific purpose. Such gifts or bequests qualify as charitable contributions, and as such are deductible as prescribed by Federal and State tax laws.  For further information, please call Ms. Brianna Wrightsman, Director of Development, 951-827-3278.

To Donate By Check

  • Make your check payable to "UCR Foundation"
  • Please indicate how you would like to support the Botanic Gardens, including a specific fund, if desired (View a listing of Botanic Gardens Funds and Projects)
  • Send to: UCR Foundation, PO Box 112, Riverside, CA 92502-0112

To Give Online

  • Open the Online Form
  • Select College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Botanic Gardens and complete the form  SEE SAMPLE
  • To Give to the Botanic Gardens Children's Fund open Online Form

Dedicated benches, trees, and plaques in the Botanic Gardens are a way to honor or remember a loved one or a member of the community. The cost of an honor or memorial gift pays for the materials, site preparation, installation and memorial label or plaque. Additionally, a portion of the cost is placed into an endowment for maintenance and repairs.

For more information on dedicated benches or trees, contact the Director, Jodie Holt at (951) 784-6962, or the Curator, Janine Almanzor, at (951) 784-6962

Employment Opportunities

Student Workers

The Botanic Gardens needs UCR students to work throughout the school year and summer months. The duties include watering, weeding, pruning and other general gardening chores as well as cleaning restrooms and picking up trash. Students who apply need to be self-starting, motivated and trustworthy individuals who do not mind grubby or dirty work in hot or cold weather. Some home gardening, nursery or fieldwork experience is required. Applicants can contact the Botanic Gardens at 951-784-6962 or obtain an application at the Botanic Gardens Office located near the Rose Garden along the Main Drive.


The Gardens relies on Volunteers in most areas of its operations and activities. Volunteers are the backbone of all events and keep the Gardens running smoothly on a day to day basis. The gardens needs your help to do all of this! Volunteering is a good way to help the Gardens and yourself as well - it is a learning experience and gives you the satisfaction of supporting a good cause.

There are many areas of volunteer opportunities. The hours are very flexible - Volunteers can work from Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once you know your area and duties, you can come in at other times. Help is also needed at weekend events like plant sales and rose pruning demonstrations. Look over the following list and see how you might help us, or propose other ways you would like to help -- we are open to suggestions! Remember, couples and friends can work together on any of these projects! Don't miss out on these volunteer and learning opportunities! 

volunteers cleaning up

YES, I WANT TO HELP! If you are interested in helping in any of the areas listed, or would like more information with no obligation, contact us. 

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!  An Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event is held to recognize the efforts of our hard-working volunteers.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Botanic Gardens Information

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Tel: (951) 784-6962

Mailing Address:
Botanic Gardens
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0124